|March 9, 2007 04:31 PM EST|
Woman Says Company Planted Fake Snake, Gave Bill to Remove It
MCDONOUGH, GA. (CBS 46)--A McDonough woman says a wildlife removal company.. tried to charge her more than five-thousand dollars..to eliminate a "pest problem".
Sharon Jordan claims that a company planted a fake snake inside her attic.
Jordan hired Wildlife Removal Specialists to get rid of squirrels in her attic, but things got real squirrely when they showed her photographs they had taken of what appeared to be a rattlesnake in her attic.
That's when she called on Jason Clark for a second opinion. He owns a reptile rescue group and is licensed by the state to remove snakes.
He didn't find anything in her attic and was shocked when he saw the photographs. Clark told CBS 46, "As soon as I looked at it there was no mistake this was a rubber snake. So either the person who took the photograph knew absolutely nothing about snakes or it was planted there by the person who took the photograph."
CBS 46 Consumer Investigator Adam Murphy confronted the company to find out what really happened, after a CBS 46 undercover camera captured workers removing what appeared to be rubber snake from jordan's attic.
Wildlife Removal Specialist workers say they didn't plant the snake, but they sure did post the pictures on their website.
Murphy: "I think you still have some explaining to do on this." Worker: "No sir, I don't have any explaining because I'm not a liar. I haven't put anything in anybody's attic to insenuate there's a problem that's not there."
But they did walk out with the rubber rattle snake, which was captured in the back of their truck by a CBS 46 camera. The snake looked like the one in the photographs.
Sharon Jordan says," These are con artists. They have a scam going."
So who put the rubber snake in the attic? Jordan says she's the only one that's lived in her home and no one else could have done it.
CBS 46 contacted the Department of Natural Resources and the state herpatologist confirmed it was a rubber snake similar to this one and now the state is investigating.
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